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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Mackay region’s innovators in Innovation Minister's spotlight

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Mackay region’s innovators in Innovation Minister's spotlight

    The Mackay region’s emerging entrepreneurs and innovation community will be the focus of a visit this week by Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch.

    During her two-day visit (Thursday and Friday), Ms Enoch will announce the latest round of Palaszczuk Government funding to generate innovation-led growth and jobs in the region.

    “The Palaszczuk Government’s $420 million Advance Queensland initiative is all about supporting regional opportunities to innovate, build business and attract investment and it is important we continue fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across the state,” Ms Enoch said today (Wednesday).

    “There is some exciting work underway – and this government will continue to drive greater cohesion, and collaboration across sectors and groups throughout the Mackay region.

    “I will be meeting with businesses and innovation leaders from groups like Split Spaces, Startup Mackay and the Mackay Innovation Centre to build on previous conversations, and discuss any support they might need to promote innovation.

    “I expect to gain new insights into the diversity and resilience of the Mackay region, and see first-hand some grassroots industries and activities that contribute to the local economy and regional growth.”

    Chair of the Greater Whitsunday Alliance John Glanville said councils in the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region welcomed investment and growing the economic value and diversity of the region.

    “Innovation is key to everything we are doing and to economic development and regional growth,” Mr Glanville said.

    “For our region to be competitive, we need to identify innovation, acknowledge innovation and embrace innovation.

    “We are taking the lead from Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby and his message that you need to innovate, innovate, and innovate in order to prosper.”

    Mackay Mayor Cr Greg Williamson said the region has a broad range of well-established industries in mining, equipment technology and services (METS), sugar, beef and tourism.

    “The future of Mackay’s economy and our prosperity lies in ideas, innovation and driving entrepreneurialism,” he said.

    “Research for biofutures to capitalise on our sugar industry is a priority for us, and government funding will make a big difference.”

    For more information about Advance Queensland, visit http://advance.qld.gov.au

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